Raiders sign former Redskins QB Brennan

The Oakland Raiders signed free-agent quarterback Colt Brennan

and could have the former Hawaii star on the field for Thursday’s

preseason opener at Dallas.

Brennan took a handful of snaps with the Raiders’ second-team

offense Sunday, completing 4 of 6 throws. He also spent time with

quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett after practice before heading to

his room for a crash course in Oakland’s offense.

Brennan was Washington’s sixth-round draft pick in 2008. He was

cut by the team on Monday after the Redskins traded for John

Beck.

The Raiders made the move out of necessity.

Backup quarterbacks Bruce Gradkowski (groin) and Charlie Frye

(wrist) are questionable to play against Dallas, leaving only

starter Jason Campbell and backup Kyle Boller as the healthy

quarterbacks on the roster.

Oakland coach Tom Cable didn’t rule out Gradkowski or Frye

playing against the Cowboys but said the decision to sign Brennan

was precautionary.

”That’s why we did it, in case both of those guys are still out

by the time we leave Wednesday,” Cable said. ”It will give us a

chance to finish the game up with him.”

Brennan developed a solid fan base in Washington despite never

playing in a regular season game in two seasons. He spent 2009 on

injured reserve after hip surgery, then had knee surgery in March,

which set him further back.

The Raiders called Brennan four days after he was cut by the

Redskins, had him in for a workout between practices Saturday, then

had him in uniform for the evening practice.

Oakland didn’t announce the move until Sunday.

”Basically I’m just trying to get somewhat of a gameplan for

Thursday night just so I can be ready,” he said. ”I can at least

look like I know what I’m doing out there and have a chance to move

the ball and have some success with that third team. Obviously with

some of the injuries the potential of that is really high. I’m just

getting ready for it and hoping for the best.”

Brennan was a record-setting quarterback at Hawaii and a

two-time finalist for the Heisman Trophy. He broke 31 NCAA records

and holds the NCAA mark of 131 touchdowns in just 38 games, and

received the Sammy Baugh Award in 2006, given annually to the

nation’s top passer.

Some questioned whether his freewheeling style could work in the

more regimented NFL, but Brennan thinks it will work in his favor

under the current circumstances.

”I’ve always had an ability to see the field and make a play,”

Brennan said. ”Sometimes it drives the coach nuts but when it

works I end up getting a touchdown or something good ends up

happening. I can kind of hopefully rely on that Thursday night and

see the field and make some good plays and hopefully throw no

interceptions and make minimal mistakes.”

Notes: DL Richard Seymour returned to practice for the first

time since Thursday. … DE Jay Richardson (knee) and RB Darren

McFadden (hamstring) were held out. … WR Jonathan Holland was

waived injured to make room on the roster for Brennan.